How to CREATE Generic Pharma Competition

How to CREATE Generic Pharma Competition

By harnessing the business incentives of generic drug firms to limit the anticompetitive power of branded pharma­ceutical patent holders, the CREATES Act represents a straight-forward solution to a market failure created by exploitation of legal loopholes in drug industry regulation. It is a remedy that should be strongly supported by the White House and enacted by the new Congress.

Are Set-Top Boxes Finally Ready For Disruption? (It’s the User Interface, Stupid!)

Are Set-Top Boxes Finally Ready For Disruption? (It’s the User Interface, Stupid!)

One of the most perplexing issues in communications policy — with a convoluted 20-year history — is that of the cable television set-top box. We may finally be on the verge of a new era where the user interface is more important than that archaic box.

K-Cups, Innovation and Interoperability

K-Cups, Innovation and Interoperability

Even before the landmark United States v. Microsoft Corp. antitrust case, competition law was a bit schizophrenic when it came to the question of interoperability. Monopolists have no general duty to make their products work with those of competitors, but what about the situation where a dominant firm deliberately re-designs products to render them incompatible with others? That […]

Apple’s Cable Set-Top Box and Interoperability

Apple’s Cable Set-Top Box and Interoperability

Nearly six months before this week’s reveal of iPhone 6 and the Apple Watch, the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple was in talks with Comcast Corp. about “teaming up for a streaming-television service that would use an Apple set-top box and get special treatment on Comcast’s cables to ensure it bypasses congestion on the Web.” For content, the […]